Beckenbauer's 'attractive football' task force disbands

A Fifa panel investigating ways to make the game more exciting has been wound up, with Michel Platini assuming greater responsibility for refreshing the game
A Fifa committee led by Franz Beckenbauer and other illustrious ex-players such as Pele and Bobby Charlton has been disbanded after two years of discussions concerning improving football as a spectacle produced negligible results.

The Task Force Football 2014 group was formed in the summer of 2011 and assigned with conceiving ideas to enliven the game following some sterile matches, particularly in the group phase, at the World Cup in South Africa.

But it looked ominous for the group from the start as Beckenbauer and Charlton both missed the first meeting along with Brazilian Pele.

Fifa says the work will now be taken up by its existing Football Committee, chaired by Uefa president Michel Platini.

"The FIFA Task Force Football 2014, which started in May 2011, has concluded its work following discussions on possible reforms of the game," a Fifa statement read.

"Several members of this task force, including its chairman Franz Beckenbauer, will now integrate with the FIFA Football Committee, a permanent standing committee which will continue to present proposals to improve the game."